rag n bone

My close personal friend and birthday-day sharer (Jun 11) Barry Adamson has a new single out called Rag and Bone.

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For me Barry falls into that category of where I think he’s really good at what he does but isn’t a millionaire, so I’s happy to hand over the 1pound for the single + b-side. Good one for using bandcamp, making it easy to pay.

While interesting as a song, but less enticing as a shopper is Wang Chung’s song frm the movie of the same name, ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’ Just watched it last night, as part of the car-chase genre. Small car chase, but interesting movie. 1985 but showed no obvious signs of influence from Miami Vice. I think one of the best things about it is the title. Tupac must’ve thought so too, because he also made a song titled in like, but had absolutely nothing to do with the Wang Chung song. Ironically it’s even lighter sounding than the W.C. version. I thought those gansta-rappers were supposed to be hard…

Anyway, the only way I can find to buy that song is through amazon and they want 99cents US for it which seems a bit steep for a non-classic gold song from 25years ago. This is another reason why the big record companies are rapidly going down the gurgler.

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<a href=”http://cognitive-psychology.suite101.com/article.cfm/psychology_of_heavy_metal_music”>From:</a>

Effect on Animals

A student named David Merrill subjected mice to the music of a heavy metal band called Anthrax 24-hours a day to discover how it would affect their ability to learn new things, but instead of completing Merrill’s maze, the heavy metal mice all killed one another.

In a subsequent experiment in which the mice listened to heavy metal music for 10 hours each day, they did not become homicidal, but they did grow worse at solving the maze than they had been when they first encountered it. But research indicates that reactions to music are shaped by whether or not it is the genre of choice, and it’s highly unlikely that if the mice had a musical preference at all, it would have been Anthrax.

All I can say is when mice rise up and take over scientists will be in for some cruel and unusual times. David Merill, you have been warned.

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I was thinking more about car colour and why black, white, silver are so prevelent here now. Car colour choices correlate with economic conditions. In boom times people want exotic bright colours, but in more conservative times, like these economic times, the dulls predominate. And Korea always thinks it’s in hardtimes. If only it would relax, take a day off work and stop throwing rubbish on the ground.

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A couple more car chase movies:

_Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry_ : had a lime green 69 Dodge Charger in it. Script was pretty lame and I was cringing at how heavy Susan George’s natural tan was, although I never picked that she was English and doing an American accent.

_The Seven Ups_ : Have no idea what the title was about. Second of this subgenre to star Roy Scheider. I like Roy Scheider. He’s like a solid actor who was in some pretty big films of his day, but if you asked someone who was the main actor in _Jaws_ (not the fish) most people wouldn’t have a clue. He was an important part of making the films that he was in, without being bigger than the film itself. I like to think of Sunny Breaks as being the Roy Scheider of the blog-O-sphere.

Seven Ups also featured some of those great landmark bridges they have in New York, reminding me of GTA4. And it was shot in the dead of winter which seems so distant now.

_Magnum Force_ Written by that great hollywood hack, John Milius, with david Soul as the motorcycle cop baddie. Don’t know if this was an inspiration to T2, but manm, motorcycle cops can look evil when they want to.

_Duel_ Spielberg’s first film, which shows that the guy had talent before he had huge budgets to help him through. I loved the way it focussed on the truck as an entity. Part of what the car chase movie is about is long shots of the car — glorification of the car — something that _Dirty Mary…_ completely missed. _Duel_ was a really simple idea that really worked, is just as relevant today, with road rage and all, plus it was kind of ballsy to use so much internal dialog.

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concentration on one thing? gone in 60 seconds (1974)

Man I should really be writing about Grunge but it’s hard to concentrate. I’m seriously thinking about writing to the uni and proposing that they start to transition the system for the next generation of permanently ADDed slackers, of which I seem to be part of. I was sick of this thesis topic before I’d even started tapping the keyboard. I’ve probably written it here before but I’d much rather have done four or five 4-5ooo word topics.

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Car chase movies: the original _Gone In 60 Seconds_ was the next one I could find. Interesting in that it’s another bit of what life was like in my birth year (1974) and unusual in that it was classified as an independent film. It was the brain child of one guy – most of the cars used in it belonged to him, and he got his friends to do the “acting” in it. There weren’t any professional actors. There’s a whopping 34 minute car chase in the finale, which helps it to blend in with much higher-budgeted films of its time. When looking at the directing of the dialogue and actors I was just thinking, ah that’s the 70s for ya.

The best bit about it was the wigs, sunglasses and suits. In fact I think, in some small way, one of my fav video clips, Beastie Boys’ Sabotage is ahhhn ohmaaage to it.

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From the movie, this is H.B. Halicki, writer, producer, director and main actor:

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Apparently, the wigs were to fool the cops. I think he just had a funky wig fetish.

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Here is the token black guy in the car-stealing team, and a young lady dressed in a rather racy 70s way.

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There was a caddy full of homies cruising around that was kinda cool too.

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